When it comes to living off-grid, many choose to take the route of truly living “with” the land. This may include planting and maintaining your own garden. Because this could become a novel of information we would like to hit a few key points and ideas and link you to another blog that breaks down every aspect of how to design build and maintain a true sustainable garden.
A few things to consider when designing a sustainable garden is to consider your surroundings. Choose plants that will help support local wildlife and try to stay away from harsh chemicals and fertilizers that put harmful additives into the soil. The best solution is to combine natural ingredients to create a healthy and lively outdoor living space. There are many types of sustainable gardens to create around your home; you can build a garden to produce healthy fruits and vegetable or a garden that is just for looks. Either way if you follow the practices of sustainable gardening you can build a healthy outdoor space for you and your family and friends to enjoy.
A great way to cut down on waste and save money is to create your own compost pile. Many places sell containers to hold your mulch until it is ready to use. By using a compost pile you can add things to it like leaves that you raked for the yard and any leftover fruits, vegetable and natural foods, thus saving space in the garbage and reducing your waste. This also saves you money because you do not have to purchase compost. Along with tossing leftover foods and yard clippings into your compost bin, there are directions to assisting in the breakdown of you compost with water and heat to make it suitable to mix into your garden.
The next step to building the perfect sustainable garden is to maintain good soil balance. The best thing you can do for your garden is to add organic soil. This helps to fill in the blanks so to speak. Along with this you can find many organic and synthetic fertilizers to give your plants that necessary boost and beneficial start without harmful additives. Creating the perfect soil mixture will give you big beautiful healthy plants and that is achieved with the precise blend of moisture retention, nutrients and feed.
Finally it comes down to plant selection. This is where you have to decide the type of garden you want. Planting plants that require similar feeding and watering guidelines make caring for your garden that much easier.
Visit Sustainable Gardening to find out all the little tips and tricks to maintaining a healthy and happy sustainable garden. Susan Harris does a great job of explaining how to create your garden, how to care for your garden and supplies lots of great references to help you learn all you can before you start and to help answer any questions that may arise.
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